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Nadal, Djokovic, Federer race to Miami wins

By The Assam Tribune

MIAMI, March 30 (DPA): Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer wasted no time in racing to the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters with efficient wins on a long day marred by a two-hour rain interruption.

Number one Nadal was untroubled as he beat Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-2 in 59 minutes on Tuesday with the challenger playing his second match of the day after earlier defeating French 15th seed Jo- Wilfried Tsonga 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 7-5. The on-fire Djokovic easily swept to his 21st consecutive match win of a runaway season, crushing friend and Davis Cup teammate Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-2 in a match played in humidity.

The world number two, winner of this month�s Indian Wells event, is the only man in the ATP top 125 not to have lost a match this season.

�The balls were getting very big and it was very slow conditions,� said Djokovic. �You had to really stay focused and then try to get your job done ... sooner the better.�

Federer didn�t win his first point until a personal career record of 12:37 a.m. but the Swiss third seed was off court in 51 minutes after crushing good friend Olivier Rochus 6-3, 6-1 early Wednesday to finally end the marathon day.

Spanish sixth seed David Ferrer defeated compatriot Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-2 while seventh-seeded Czech Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych beat German Florian Mayer 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4).

Mardy Fish staged a defeat of Juan Del Potro to move closer to the top of the American national rankings.

Fish, seeded 14th and suffering in recent months with a thyroid problem, showed full health in his 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) defeat of 2009 US Open winner Del Potro, who missed more than half of the 2010 season after wrist surgery.

Fish is the last home player remaining in the Miami field after compatriot John Isner went down to South African Kevin Anderson 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

On the women�s side, second seed Kim Clijsters saved five match points in a win against former number one Ana Ivanovic, reaching the quarter-finals 7-6(4), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).

Ivanovic collapsed while holding a 5-2 lead in the final set, with Clijsters winning despite more than 50 unforced errors.

Maria Sharapova needed almost three and a half hours to finally go past Alexandra Dulgheru 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(5) with the tearful Russian treated late in the match for an ankle injury before holding on for the hard-fought victory.

German Andrea Petkovic, a tip for the future of the game, put out Serb sixth seed Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

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— Dalai Lama(THIS IS STATIC)

Nadal, Djokovic, Federer race to Miami wins

MIAMI, March 30 (DPA): Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer wasted no time in racing to the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters with efficient wins on a long day marred by a two-hour rain interruption.

Number one Nadal was untroubled as he beat Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-2 in 59 minutes on Tuesday with the challenger playing his second match of the day after earlier defeating French 15th seed Jo- Wilfried Tsonga 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 7-5. The on-fire Djokovic easily swept to his 21st consecutive match win of a runaway season, crushing friend and Davis Cup teammate Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-2 in a match played in humidity.

The world number two, winner of this month�s Indian Wells event, is the only man in the ATP top 125 not to have lost a match this season.

�The balls were getting very big and it was very slow conditions,� said Djokovic. �You had to really stay focused and then try to get your job done ... sooner the better.�

Federer didn�t win his first point until a personal career record of 12:37 a.m. but the Swiss third seed was off court in 51 minutes after crushing good friend Olivier Rochus 6-3, 6-1 early Wednesday to finally end the marathon day.

Spanish sixth seed David Ferrer defeated compatriot Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-2 while seventh-seeded Czech Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych beat German Florian Mayer 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4).

Mardy Fish staged a defeat of Juan Del Potro to move closer to the top of the American national rankings.

Fish, seeded 14th and suffering in recent months with a thyroid problem, showed full health in his 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) defeat of 2009 US Open winner Del Potro, who missed more than half of the 2010 season after wrist surgery.

Fish is the last home player remaining in the Miami field after compatriot John Isner went down to South African Kevin Anderson 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

On the women�s side, second seed Kim Clijsters saved five match points in a win against former number one Ana Ivanovic, reaching the quarter-finals 7-6(4), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).

Ivanovic collapsed while holding a 5-2 lead in the final set, with Clijsters winning despite more than 50 unforced errors.

Maria Sharapova needed almost three and a half hours to finally go past Alexandra Dulgheru 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(5) with the tearful Russian treated late in the match for an ankle injury before holding on for the hard-fought victory.

German Andrea Petkovic, a tip for the future of the game, put out Serb sixth seed Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

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